06 June 2010 Military News
- At Least Five Killed in Iraq Explosions VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Several bomb attacks killed at least five people in and around Baghdad. The violence occurred as Iraqi leaders wrangle over formation of a new government, three months after an inconclusive parliamentary election.
- Five NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Military officials say five NATO soldiers died Sunday in separate incidents in Afghanistan.
- Azerbaijan Visit Highlights Afghanistan Contributions AFPS 06 Jun 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to express U.S. gratitude to this former Soviet republic on the western shore of the Caspian Sea for its contributions to the coalition’s efforts in Afghanistan.
- Afghan Interior, Security Chiefs Resign Over Kabul Attack RFE/RL 06 Jun 2010 -- Afghanistan's interior minister and national security chief have resigned, reportedly over last week's rocket attacks on a high-level peace conference in the capital, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
- Afghans Debate Value of Peace 'Jirga' Resolution VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's three-day peace assembly, known as a jirga, has ended with delegates from across the country agreeing that reaching out to the Taliban is the best way forward to end more than eight years of war.
- Karzai Replaces Top Officials Following Taliban Attack VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Afghanistan's president has replaced his interior minister and intelligence chief following an attack by Taliban militants on a national peace conference.
- Kremlin 'Unhappy' With Antidrug Efforts In Afghanistan RFE/RL 06 Jun 2010 -- At an Asia security conference in Singapore, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov told delegates that narcotics from Afghanistan are a threat to Europe, Asia, and the United States and urged NATO forces in Afghanistan to step up the campaign to eradicate opium poppy cultivation there.
- Russia Says Afghan Drug Trade Threatens World Peace VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday Afghan drug trafficking should be classified as a threat to international peace and security. The Russian Deputy Prime Minster made his remarks at an Asia security conference in Singapore.
- Pakistani court awards life term to 6 Taliban suspects IRNA 06 Jun 2010 -- An anti-terror court in Pakistan Saturday handed down life-term to six Taliban suspects who were accused of planning attacks on foreigners and manufacturing suicide jackets, court officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Gates Calls Clapper Right Choice for Top Intel Post AFPS 06 Jun 2010 -- James R. Clapper, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next director of national intelligence, is the right man for the job, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
- Transcript: Secretary Gates' Comments on the Nomination of James Clapper as Director of National Intelligence, en route to Baku, Azerbaijan DoD 06 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Gates Discusses North Korea, China With BBC AFPS 06 Jun 2010 -- Soon after he addressed a major Asia security summit in Singapore yesterday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates elaborated on current issues involving North Korea and China in an interview with BBC’s Nick Childs.
- Japan and Futenma Base KCNA 06 Jun 2010 -- The issue of transferring the base of the U.S. forces in Futenma came to a conclusion with the agreement reached between the U.S. and Japan on May 28.
- Vice Minister of Health, U.S. Ambassador Spend a Day with Pacific Partnership 2010 in Vietnam Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2010 -- The Vietnamese Vice Minister of Health and the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam experienced partnership firsthand as they toured USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and a Seabee construction project.
- French Squadron Performs Jet Engine Swap-Out on Board Truman Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2010 -- As part of interoperability operations with the French Navy, a maintenance crew for the French aircraft Rafale F3 performed a jet engine swap-out on board USS Harry S. Truman June 4.
- Over 3,000 personnel take part in NATO naval drills in Baltic Sea RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2010 -- Over 3,000 servicemen from different countries are taking part in the international Baltops-2010 naval exercises, which began on Sunday in the Baltic Sea, Latvian Defense Minister Imants Liegis said.
- Pakistan hikes defence spending by 17 percent IRNA 06 Jun 2010 -- Pakistan Saturday announced annual budget with a 17 percent increase in defence allocation as the security forces are engaged in operation against the Taliban-linked militants.
- Boeing-led Missile Defense Team Completes 2-Stage Interceptor Booster Test Boeing 06 Jun 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) today completed a successful flight test of the two-stage ground-based interceptor (GBI) of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, the United States' only long-range ballistic missile defense system.
- Lee Myung Bak Condemned for Referring "Cheonan" to UN KCNA 06 Jun 2010 -- South Korea referred the case of sinking of warship "Cheonan" to the UN on June 5.
- Lee Myung Bak Group's Mendicant Diplomacy Slammed KCNA 06 Jun 2010 -- Lee Myung Bak busy with the diplomacy over warship Cheonan.
- Israel Rebuffs Call For International Investigation Into Aid Ship Raid RFE/RL 06 Jun 2010 -- all Turkish nationals -- Israel's ambassador to the United States says his country will reject a proposed international commission to probe into the events surrounding its deadly raid on an aid ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza.
- UN chief proposes international probe into Gaza flotilla raid - paper RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2010 -- United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-moon has proposed to Israel to set up an international commission to investigate the raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla a week ago, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday.
- Israel may allow aid ships to Gaza in future, but no unchecked cargo RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2010 -- The Israeli military currently studies the possibility of allowing humanitarian aid ships to the Gaza Strip in the future after they undergo a security check in the port of Ashdod, the Jerusalem Post said on Sunday.
- Israel Rejects UN Proposal for Gaza Probe VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Israel has rejected a proposal from United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to establish a multinational commission to investigate a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.
- UN Pushes for Probe of Israel's Deadly Raid on Aid Flotilla VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Israel is resisting growing international pressure over the raid on Gaza-bound aid ships last week that left nine pro-Palestinian international activists dead.
- Former British Foreign Secretary Urges Israel to Lift Gaza Blockade VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband strongly urged Israel Sunday to lift its sea blockade of Gaza. Miliband, who is the current favorite to head Britain's recently defeated Labor Party, was interviewed on British television.
- UN rights chief urges probe into army gun seizure operations in Uganda UN News Centre 06 Jun 2010 -- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay today urged Ugandan authorities to investigate violations of human rights during army operations to disarm residents of the remote north-eastern region of Karamoja, saying the exercise was often violent and had led to loss of life.
- KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Concerns over tension in Uzbek enclave border areas IRIN 06 Jun 2010 -- Confrontation last week between the residents of two villages on both sides of the border of an Uzbek enclave in Kyrgyzstan highlights the risk of further conflict over the use of natural resources in Ferghana Valley, according to analysts.
- Reformists Condemn Heckling Of Khomeini's Grandson RFE/RL 06 Jun 2010 -- Iran's reformists and opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi have condemned Friday's heckling of the grandson of the founder of the Islamic republic as an organized move by hard-liners who are angry over Hassan Khomeini's support for leaders of the Green opposition movement.
- Yemen Arrests French National for Al-Qaida Links VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Yemeni security officials say authorities have arrested a French national on suspicion of having links to al-Qaida.
- Two Americans Arrested on Terrorism Charges In New York VOA 06 Jun 2010 -- Two Americans were arrested Saturday night at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport as they allegedly prepared to travel to Somalia to join a terror group there.
- Russian specialists to adjust ISS orbit prior to Soyuz spacecraft docking RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2010 -- Russian specialists will adjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) on May 5 and 8 prior to docking of Russia's Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft, a spokesman for Mission Control said on Saturday.
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